Hiya! A few of you were interested in a bit of a rundown of some of the dresses I’ve been wearing lately, especially whilst traveling, so attempting to provide some sort of ‘assistance’ if you will and/or suggestions for the next time you’re on the look out!


I think we’ve all been there at some point whilst trying to find something to wear [on holiday especially] which doesn’t require massive amounts of layering and still looks cutesy and modest-ish.

For those who have no idea what I’m on about, this is what I’m on about and what myself, and probably some of you mentally prep ourselves to look for whilst shopping.

Something that is:

  • light-weight
  • airy
  • not too sheer
  • not too thick
  • is it lined?
  • long sleeve or ¾ length (do I have to wear sleeves?)
  • length? (I’ve embraced my ankles but to each their own..I’m also quite tall so meh.)
  • that perfect neckline (not too low, not too suffocating)
  • cutesy (does it look cute? do I look good in it?!)
  • do I have a scarf that will go with this?

[if you’ve got others please share below lol]

I’ve personally never been a fan of sleeveless maxis just because they require so much effort to cover and often ruin whatever pretty detailing the neckline may have, and also slightly over throwing on a long sleeve over a maxi because that just looks like a top&skirt combo and so what was the point of the pretty dress then? [mind you I still do this sometimes, but def not my ‘go-to!’]

Some stores I’ve shopped at recently have been fantabulous with their pieces which require the least effort and tick all the boxes! Throw them over a pair of jeans (skinny, boyfriend, straight, whatever you’re comfortable with), tights, leggings, or bare if that’s cool with you, and you’ve got a look. Here are some of my kinda-sorta recent finds and places I’d definitely recommend looking for that ‘all-in-one’ piece!


I found these three at ‘& Other Stories’ and absolutely love loved the red dress! Bell sleeves and pockets, and an asymmetrical hemline, not to mention a gorgeous color and fit! Probably one of my faves for the summer!

I call this my tent dress mostly because it looks like a tent if I don’t draw the strings super tight lol and I lowkey also think that’s what it’s actually called..! This one didn’t come in my size and I didn’t want to risk not getting it, so picked up a size 14 and convinced myself the drawstring would make it fit. It kinda does, it kinda doesn’t lol but I love it regardless!

Don’t look at sizes when you’re shopping; I think this could be applied to any piece of clothing because each style is different and will fit differently once you wear it. Have a rough idea eg. the lowest I’ll go is an 8, the largest is a 16, maybe 18 if I want a massively oversized fit, but I wouldn’t recommend limiting your options solely based on something not being in your size. You might usually be a size 10, but a size 14 belted flatters your body a lot more or allows you to feel more comfortable etc etc etc. (you get it right?!)

H&M almost always has one or two pieces which aren’t as ‘standard’ for lack of a better word lol and those are pieces I prefer to grab. I wouldn’t say they’re super consistent, but worth popping into whenever you’re in the mall to see what’s going on! Their conscious collection is always my favorite! I grabbed this dress in the sale and was honestly attracted to the vintage-granny print on it. Turns out it was long sleeved, and long in length so picked it up asap!

Those maxi beach cover ups that always come out during the summer can almost always be modified to create a modest look and are perfect for the hot weather. Yes you’ll probably have to layer, but they’re often super thin so you’ll hardly notice.

I had seen this white cover up a few times and contemplated purchasing it to style as a dress but really really didn’t want to wear sleeves with it. A couple days prior to Jamaica I caved, mostly because there was one left on the shelf and it was a size 14 so figured we could go for an oversized loose-ish look if anything. Best decision ever! [potentially style them by going a couple sizes bigger and adding a belt!)

I always have a love/hate relationship with Forever21, not because I’m no longer 21 lol but because the quality isn’t the greatest, neither is the selection, but sometimes, veryyyyy rarely lol you’ll find one off pieces which can get the job done and I think if styled correctly, can easily transform the look of said piece.

I know this is meant to be dresses, but I also picked these trousers up at Forever21 prior to my Jordan trip as was on the lookout for something deserty-ish. These were high waisted with a cutesy wide belt and wide leg and the color and material fit the look I envisioned so yay me! -basically trying to make the point that you can find decent one-offs in F21 sometimes yall!

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This lovely jubly maxi was also from Forever 21 and I think might still be in stock! If I recall correctly it came in the yellow, a khakhi green and burnt orange. My instinct was to grab the orange, but I mentally knew I wanted a bright color to contrast against water so went for the yellow. This one has slits on the sides- nothing a safety pin can’t fix, and a bit of a lower neckline. I had a ¾ length white top with a neckline I was more comfortable with, so wore that under and threw on a necklace to somewhat hide/blend it all together, et voila! (use accessories to cover stuff you don’t really want to show!)

Topshop, Zara, ASOS and boohoo are other favorites which I like to pick pieces from so are always worth checking out!

I’d also suggest not looking for modest summer dresses or long length pieces only during the spring/summer. You’re bound to come across them during sales and other parts of the year and there’s nothing wrong with buying now and wearing later. Obviously provided you don’t spend an arm and a leg on it but again, your discretion lol I don’t like to spend more than 70$ on a piece unless it’s one of them ones I lose sleep over, but 40-70$ is usually my range I’d say and definitely a price point within which you can find something unique, of quality, and cutesy if you look hard enough.

Example: I randomly found myself in Dubai Marina Mall one day this summer and saw Koton had a sale. I remember seeing the name of the shop in Istanbul and not somewhere I’d usually shop at but went in anyways. Found this on sale for about $20, it was white which was a bonus, and I liked how it fit so got it, saved it until recently in Jamaica and felt like I’d cheated the system for finding a lovely piece at a lovely price lol (if you ever come across a white long sleeve dress, get it get it get it because it’ll come in handy one day!)

I suppose another helpful suggestion would be to be open to places you typically wouldn’t shop at because those tend to be the ones which surprise you the most. And because they might not be as mainstream as others, you’ll walk out with a piece or print that everyone and their mum isn’t wearing. Not to say there’s anything wrong with that – everyone’s probably wearing it because its freaking adorable, but in the event you’re wanting to try something different, give it a go!

Hopefully that’s given some of you a place to start or insight into what to look for when you’re shopping for modest-ish pieces. I know its August but I have a feeling it won’t be getting chilly anytime soon so there’s still time to maximize the most out of your spring/summer dresses! Let me know if you enjoyed this and if you’d prefer more posts like this in the future. I’d love to see photos of any potential shopping trips/items you find next time you’re shopping that tick your boxes and are additions to your wardrobe! xoxo

I had the pleasure of receiving this gorgeous dress in person by Fariba herself whilst in Dubai which automatically makes it more personable in being able to put a face to the brand so yay!

FARIBA is a recently launched modest fashion brand based in Dubai which caters to young women who are looking to find a balance between quality and affordability in modest fashionwear. Her collections are designed to be stylish and chic, yet affordable, without compromising on modesty.

Her mission is “to enhance self expression” and create thoughtful pieces which customers will treasure.

“We design with integrity, enabling women to express their identity with creativity whilst staying true to their values.”

This specific dress was a made to measure piece, and I absolutely adored everything about it; from the color, to the perfect neckline -not too constricted and not too low, lovely sleeve detailing and gorgeous pleating at the bottom, ugh, so so good!

I paired it with a printed turban and a pair of vintage inspired earrings which I thought added the right amount of glint to the look, and nude strappy heels! This could easily be worn during Eid or to a wedding or bridal shower; the addition of a glitzy clutch or necklace, or simply some mid-length finessy earrings. I personally wouldn’t add too much as I feel it would take away for the dress itself, but everyones style choice differs!

Be sure to have a look at their Instagram page (@faribastore) and if something tickles your fancy get in touch now in time for an Eid outfit!

I’ve always had a thing for abayas and open bisht style abayas in the Muslamic sphere and that love intensified after moving to the Middle East. Something about the free-flowing easy-breezy vibe speaks to me and it’s just another fave!

You’ll know by now that I’ve partnered up with Aab Collection to show you a couple of their pieces which are now available online and in Debenhams (Middle East) – click here to peep the first look we showcased!

When the second Aab piece turned out to be a bisht, and a camel toned one at that, my inner Muslamic was super excited!

(cue excited face..!)

Aab is a modestwear clothing company based out of the UK (www.aabcollection.com) and their pieces can also be found in Debenhams (Middle East).

I present you the Escalera Bisht (here) , a beautiful piece which features a lovely thread embroidery on the front opening and flared sleeves.

Isn’t it beautiful?!

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I’ve paired it with a plain black abaya underneath and the same Soft Nude Chiffon Silk Hijab (here) from the previous Aab look. I would totally wear this out to a hanging or to Friday prayers and it would easily entertain both. It doesn’t have a tie up or a closed fastening, but I’m down with that! If I wanted to close it I could easily take a black tie up from another abaya and it would get the job done, or even a piece of thick black ribbon if you haven’t got a tie up.

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I gave it a go with the Aab Powder Blue Jumpsuit (didn’t take a photo unfortunately!) and the contrast of the blue and camel-toned looked stunning together! Looking forward to wearing this with a massive turban and denim to embody a street-style nomadic vibe kinda sorta maybe!

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Hope you’ve enjoyed these looks as much as I loved putting them together for you! Be sure to check them out online, on Instagram (@aabcollection), and in-store at Debenhams (Middle East)! xoxo

How beautiful is this marbled liliaiya piece?! I’ve been in love with their designs for ages and have kinda sorta rinsed a piece from a previous collection, so was super excited when this came through the post! It’s one of those pieces which exude a unique chicness and can be dressed both up or down; I’m thinking skinny denim, red trousers, even a foil print skirt?! Definitely check them out here and find them on instagram (@liliaiyastudio)  Thank you lovelies! xoxo

Ola!

Shopbop Middle East (@shopbopme) is doing an uber cool giveaway for Ramadan! Below are 2 of the pieces chosen to style for them which I think are super comfy and versatile pieces to have in ones wardrobe, Ramadan or not! Details on how to enter are below and I believe the last day is the 28th of June! Good luck love bugs xo.

-choose something from www.shopbop.com you’d like to wear for Ramadan and take a picture of it

-follow @shopbopme on instagram, post the photo with a caption telling us why you picked the item, and tag @shopbopme @shopbopme_ramadan #shopbopme

-you’ve got the chance to win a $300 USD voucher alongside a daily draw!

*Riller & Fount Luca Caftan Midi Dress in Sandstone

Scarf & Shoes: Mango

Bag & Jeans: Zara

*Line & Dot Beaux Embellishment Maxi Dress